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Get A Natural Glowing Makeup Look With Alima Pure’s Delicious Summer Collection!

Delicious Summer

Alima Pure Delicious Summer Collection

I was super excited when I received some press samples of the new Delicious Summer Collection from Alima Pure the other day for review.

This collection seems to be a bit more simple than other collections, but, somehow, it’s my favorite one yet because of the lovely colors included in it!

Included in this Collection: 

  • Milkshake Eyeshadow is almost-matte, but the creamy beige is punctuated with scattered silver sparkles.
  • Coffee Frappé Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow is a medium golden brown, loaded with golden shimmer.
  • Strawberry Lemonade Luminous Shimmer Blush is a peachy-pink with a whisper of shimmer.

Swatches of the Collection:

@AlimaPure Delicious #Summer Collection #swatches! Top to bottom - Coffee Frappe, Milkshake, & Blush in Strawberry Lemonade. All limited edition coming out early June! Stay tuned at StorybookApothecary.com to find out more! #makeup

From Top to Bottom: Coffee Frappé, Milkshake, & Strawberry Lemonade.

What I really love about this collection is that all the colors are very natural looking and I think they would be super flattering on any skin tone or type. They’re very soft pigments and the 2 neutral eye shadows – Milkshake and Coffee Frappé are both very natural looking, yet the colors have a lot of dimension to them so, together, they actually give eyes a lot of depth and shape. The colors look great during the day or at night as well and you can easily keep the colors very natural during the day and then layer some of the Coffee Frappé shadow a bit heavier for a more smokey night makeup look.

The peachy pink blush, Strawberry Lemonade, looks very glowy and soft, but not glittery. I’m not a fan of too much glitter or overdone sparkle. In the swatches, the blush looks more matte than it actually is on the skin. On the skin, it looks more glowy and soft as opposed to matte, even though the color isn’t super shimmery. Alima Pure have a way of doing just that right amount of shimmer in their blushes to create the perfect look that everyone wants in a blush. It doesn’t look overwhelming or plastered on – it just gives a natural flush to the cheeks which is quite lovely.

I was going to post an Instagram photo on here of me wearing all these in a makeup look, but I can’t get it off instagram for some reason so, if you want to see that look, check out my Instagram page – here.

Overall, this collection is really beautiful for Summer, especially if you want that very natural, subtle glow makeup look. It’s great for those who like the “no makeup” makeup look or anyone who enjoys glowing skin, neutral eyes, and colors that will suit anyone really well.

You can check out this collection on Alima Pure – here.

What Do You Think of This Collection?

Have You Tried Any Of the Alima Pure Seasonal Collections Before?

If yes, which is your favorite of them?

If no, what are your favorite makeup items to use in Summer?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

♥ Tianna 

I was reading an article the other day on Heart IFB about the importance of vulnerability in blogging and the value of being your true, authentic self for your readers. It definitely makes sense and it got me thinking about how important it is for me, as a blogger and a person, to be authentic and real when it comes to blogging. 

For me, it’s not about fame or whatever in blogging, it’s just about being known, being heard over the massive chatter that is the internet.

I read so many blogs and while many of them are awesome, thought-provoking, and interesting to read about, a lot of them have what I would call a typical “blogger voice” which the blogger will use to either sound professional, interesting, etc. It’s not that this is bad, but more than that, it’s just tired and boring at this point with so many others doing the same thing all the time.

The mass of blog posts begin to feel like a wave of commercials in my head all at once which can be exhausting instead of enjoyable to read.

I realize I’m not always following the herd with what I blog, but at the end of the day, it’s my blog and while I’d like the information to be interesting and fun for my readers, I also want it to be fun for me.

After all, I don’t get paid to do this; I simply enjoy it.

Also, it is super important for me to be authentic in my writing, whether it’s here on my blog or anywhere else because that is, in my opinion, the best way to get someone’s attention and really make them think and consider what you write. Not that I’m writing revolutionary stuff here on beauty, fashion and lifestyle, but they are my honest and true thoughts.

I hope that says something, even if the only message is who I am and nothing more – I’ll be content with that. 

Anyhow, if you would like to read the article on HeartIFB, you can see their post on this topic here. Apologies for my bit of a ramble on this, but it brings me to an idea that all of this nonsense spawned which is the tag below! I created it, but I hope you guys will do the tag, pass it on, have fun and all that jazz.

I hope it helps you channel your own authentic self and sense of blogging vulnerability… or whatever. 

*Side Note: Special thanks to the amazing HeartIFB writers for bringing the topic to mind & inspiring this tag!*

StorybookApothecary.com - ConfessionsTag

The Rules: 

  1. Link the original creator of this tag, Storybook Apothecary, in your post. 
  2. Link back to & Thank the person who tagged you.
  3. Answer the questions, Confess 5 Random Things About Yourself & Add your own confessions, if you like!
  4. Tag others to do the tag, let them know you’ve tagged them & pass it on!
  5. Keep being awesome 😉


  1. What is your main goal in blogging? My main goal is to meet people, do beauty swaps, try tons of beauty products, share my favorite things with others, express myself and hopefully I can help people a bit along the way. It would also be awesome if my posts made someone smile each day. 
  2. Why did you start your blog? I started my blog as a way to express myself and connect with others who are passionate about the same things as me. 
  3. How do you feel about paid bloggers v. unpaid bloggers? I don’t really think one is better or worse than the other. In my opinion, bloggers are bloggers. Some are good, some are not, some are just okay, and some are exceptional. If you are fortunate enough to get paid to do what you love, that’s fantastic, but if you do it as a hobby and not for compensation, that’s great too. 
  4. To ombre or not to ombre in beauty? Yes in beauty! Just not in clothing. To me, ombre in fashion just looks like a new age tie dye. Ew.
  5. Love it or hate it – BB, CC, Etc. Creams? I really love the OG Korean BB Creams, but it’s getting super tired now that it’s so mainstream. I still love them, but I just think the term BB cream is now being tossed around like hot cakes without any real integrity so now it’s a bit unfortunate and confusing for consumers. 
  6. What do you think the meaning of fashion is? To express yourself, to inspire change, to provoke thought, to empower, to seduce, to make others smile, to instill a rebellious spirit, and to brighten a cloudy day.

5 Random Confessions About Me:

  1. My favorite dessert is movie theater popcorn with peanut M&Ms. 
  2. I would like Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party” to play at my funeral and I want everyone to dance and celebrate like it’s a party so I can hover all ghost-like and be like ” DANCE MORTALS!” Just kidding. About the ghost bit, that is.
  3. When I was 15, I told several people I had premonitions and then proceeded to act faint all the time when I was having said “premonitions”. That is probably the stupidest lie I’ve ever told, but I was really obsessed with this book series. Don’t judge!
  4. After my boyfriend broke up with me in high school for hanging out with my friends more than with him, I didn’t much care, but I felt so bad for him (he seemed more upset about it than me) that I staged an elaborate scheme where I wrote how much I loved him in a notebook and “accidentally” let him find it. He proceeded to act really creeped out by my “love” haha. I just didn’t want him to be sad over me.
  5. When I was in elementary school, I would annually sing and/or dance for my entire family on holidays. No joke. I would choreograph the dances myself and/or sing into a microphone my dad bought me. The dances were pretty awful and in true parenting fashion, my parents have recorded many of these. I’m pretty sure it’s for future blackmail purposes, but that’s just me.

So, after all those confessions, Are we, like, BFFs now? 😀

I hope you enjoyed this post and sorry for the massive length, but hopefully you don’t mind too much!

I tag anyone and everyone who wants to do this tag. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to post your answers in the comments – I would love to read your answers! If you have a blog, please link me to your post if you do the tag.

♥ Tianna 

Happy Monday!

I have noticed I’ve developed a kind of routine when it comes to fitness and diet that really depends a lot on my phone. I use 3 apps in particular on a near daily basis because of how handy they are and I thought it would be fun to share them with you and maybe you can get some benefit from these awesome free mobile applications as well so I hope you enjoy!

The first app on the list is absolutely My Fitness Pal. It’s super helpful for tracking everything you eat, the amount of calories you’re consuming ( vs. how many you should be consuming ), the vitamins you’re getting from that food and if it’s in line with your daily recommended intake for them, your water intake, and lastly, the amount of calories you burn in any given workout. I use it every day to log my meals and keep track with my calories and nutrients as well as logging my workouts. It’s really helpful to make sure I’m staying on track with food and fitness and it helps me stay focused because of it. It’s definitely a tool for success if you’re looking to lose weight or just eat better.

The second app I really love and use pretty much on a daily basis is Spotify. My boyfriend introduced me to this amazing music service. If you’re someone who loves listening to different kinds of music, but don’t necessarily want to buy all of it. You can listen to their radio just like Pandora or LastFM, but it’s much better in design and function because I never get weird songs that have nothing to do with the artist I want to listen to. Also, if you get premium ( which I have ), you can create playlists with any songs that they have available. It’s like burning a digital mix CD for myself. As long as you pay the $10/month fee, you have those playlists. In my opinion, it’s totally worth the money because of how much you can do with it. At first I thought it wouldn’t be worth it, but now that I have, I couldn’t be happier! Plus, the playlists are a solid part of my workouts now so I find I do better when I have Spotify. I went 1 week without it while deciding on whether to get premium or not and I just caved because it’s such a fantastic service.

Calories Burned Calculator

The last app I use a lot is this Calories Burned app for Android. I know there are tons of Calories Burned type apps out there for Iphone and Windows, though, if you don’t have an Android phone so they should be easy to find. This one is free and it works pretty well at calculating calories burned for nearly any exercise or workout, including some DVD workout programs like Insanity, Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred and P90X, so it’s versatile in that. Also, I’ve compared it to online calories burned sites and it’s pretty accurate. I use this to figure out what I’ve burned when the workout I’ve done ( like Ab Ripper X) isn’t available on My Fitness Pal.

So, those are my favorite apps!

What Are Your Favorite Mobile Apps?

I’d Love to Know In the Comments!


Alima Pure – Black Tie Gala – Face – Limited Edition Holiday Collection

Hi everyone!

Today’s post features 2 very lovely limited edition holiday collections from Alima Pure. If you’ve been following for a bit, you may know about my love for Alima Pure’s loose powder foundation and that love has now extended out into their line of eyeshadows and other great mineral powders that they offer. If you’re unfamiliar, Alima Pure offers some incredibly high quality mineral cosmetics including a unique line of loose eyeshadows, blushes, powder foundations and much more! They even offer natural makeup brushes! All of their products are cruelty free, BDIH certified, and free from harmful ingredients such as bismuth oxychloride.

For the holiday season, they are offering 2 great mineral makeup collections that are limited edition which feature some really lovely colors!

Black Tie Gala – Face – Clockwise – Tuxedo, Chandelier, & Red Carpet

Swatches L to R – Tuxedo Shadow / Liner, Red Carpet Blush, & Chandelier Highlighter


Alima Pure – Black Tie Gala – Eyes – Limited Edition Holiday Collection

What I really love about these collections is that they both really represent the holidays very nicely with appropriate colors and combinations, but they also include a lovely glow in their eye shadows, blush and highlighter included in these collections just seem really warm and beautiful in a way that can be applied for a natural, understated holiday look or built up for a more glamorous and bold one. I love that their products are so versatile and customizable for many looks.

Eye Shadows – From top left clockwise – Minaudiere, Bijou, Stilettos & Ballgown

Eyes Swatches from Left to right – Stilettos, Ballgown, Minaudiere & Bijou

Here is My Finished Look Using Both Collections:

@AlimaPure Black Tie Gala for Face & Eyes!

Sorry for the half- face photo, but I was in a bit of a rush and I just wanted to give you an idea of what can be done. I’ve used all the shadows in the Black Tie Gala for Eyes Collection on my eyes in this photo. I also used the highlighter, blush and eyeliner from the Black Tie Gala for Face Collection, though it’s not really discernible in the photo. I even mixed the Red Carpet blush with a bit of lip balm for a tinted lip. For my lashes, I used the Dior Diorshow Extase Mascara.

Either or both of these collections would make great gifts for mineral makeup enthusiasts or those looking to get a lovely makeup look without all the harmful ingredients.

You can check out the Black Tie Gala for Eyes – here.

You can check out the Black Tie Gala for Face – here. 

They also have a holiday lip collection called Holiday Kisses which you can see – here.

Related Articles: 

I was reading this post on La Belle Dame Sans Merci and thought it was really fun, not only reading more about her as a person (which kind of gives insight into her blogging and style, tbh!), but I also thought it might be fun to do the tag here as well so I hope you enjoy!

Are you named after anyone?
This may come off as kind of odd, but I’m actually named after a street in Hollywood somewhere according to my mom. She worked there in her 20’s and I guess she passed that street (aptly named Tianna Road, I believe) and vowed that, if she had a daughter, she would name her Tianna as she loved the name so much. It’s weird, I know, but my mom is someone who dances to the beat of her own drum in every sense of the word.

When was the last time you cried?

It’s been awhile since I actually had a good cry, but I get teary eyed watching movies all the time. Like, all the time haha.

Do you have children?
Nope. I’m 23 and no thoughts of having kids at this point. I like kids, but I also like giving them back to their parents at the end of the day!

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
Uh YEAH! Not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty awesome. I know lots of cool and fun things to do, I do eye shadow decently (so we could be all girly n shizz) AND I have tons of movies to introduce you to. Oh, and I cook yummy food. I’m also quite a good gift giver. Now I feel like I’m a friend applicant in an interview or something…so weird to talk about myself, but I AM COOL OKAY. Haha.

Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Yes, definitely. Apart from being American, I’m Irish and Italian heritage so I pretty much subsist on sarcasm and trying to get the last word in edgewise.

What’s your favourite cereal?
Hmm. I don’t eat much cereal, but when I do, I prefer Honey Bunches of Oats.

Whats the first thing you notice about people?

The first thing I notice about people is whether or not they have a sense of humor. I can’t handle people who are overly serious about everything. You need to be able to laugh because life sucks sometimes and I need someone to make fun of it with me.

What’s your eye colour?
Hazel /  Amber / Brown? 

Scary movie or happy endings?

Both! I am a HUGE movie buff. My current favorite horror film is Silent Hill 2 and my all time favorite romance is … ermm that question is too hard, but my favorites are Pride & Prejudice and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Favourite smells?
Coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, lemon, cilantro, cucumbers, andddddddddddddddddddd jasmine green tea. I also love perfumes, but don’t get me started, it’s a long list!

Summer or Winter?
Fall / Winter. I don’t like the extreme heat, but I don’t really like constant snow much either. That’s why I love California. It’s an equal hour to either the beach or the mountains.

Computer or television?

Computer. I love my laptop!

What’s the furthest you’ve been away from home? 

Cardiff, Wales

Do you have any special talents?

I can sing, act, anddddd I’m quite a good cook. I write really great angsty poetry as well. 😉

Where were you born? 

Southern California, born and raised.

What are your hobbies? 

Singing, Acting, Writing, Blogging, Cooking, Reading, Fitness, and Films.

Favourite movies?

WAY too many to name them all, but off the top of my head – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Love Me If You Dare, A Good Year, Pride & Prejudice (with Keira Knightley), The Painted Veil, Harry Potter films, The Girl in the Cafe, Dark Knight, and  yeah just ask me haha. I am movie obsessed.
So I hope that was fun and entertaining to read, informative, and definitely do the tag, if you like!
Link in the comments, if you do the tag – I’d love to read your posts!

Stormy Weather Fall Limited Edition Collection Eye Shadows with Alima Pure!

Introducing Stormy Weather

I ‘ve got the scoop on Alima Pure‘s “Stormy Weather” Fall Limited Edition Eye Shadow Collection!

Check out these awesome colors for the fall!


(From the Left: Mist, Drizzle, Deluge and Thunder)

Mist is a gold-tinged, white shimmer.

Drizzle is a light, sterling-silver shimmer with a subtle hint of gold.

Deluge is a deep pewter shimmer with silver sparkle and hints of blue and purple.

Thunder is a deep, matte purple that can line or contour.

I really love these colors! They’re so pigmented and soft; great for a night out fall smoky eye look! I love all iridescence of these shades. The 2 colors in the center (Drizzle and Deluge) are really lovely with lots of multicolored glitter bits in them, one is a lighter grey color and the other seems to be a greyish blue. Thunder is a more matte-ish dark purple, though it still has a small bit of glitter and finally, Mist is a really lovely and lovely white gold color that complements all of these colors really well.

Here is a quick simple smoky eye look I created with all of these colors!

(If you’re reading this sis, yes I know I need to tweeze!)

So, I’ve just done this one really light with no primer so you can see a simple look. Obviously you can layer these colors on and/or use an eye primer to get a more pigmented look. These shadows are super pigmented and colorful and they could easily work for a lot of different looks, light or dark. Also, as pigmented as they are, they are not difficult to wash off and they stay on well so I’m impressed by that!

This awesome fall limited edition collection of shadows launches from Alima Pure for $36 on August 21, 2012.

Stormy Weather Eye Shadow Collection NOW AVAILABLE – Here!

Check out Alima Pure’s entire line of cosmetics – here!

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Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples sent to me from Alima Pure for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.

Last Week For @AlimaPure Semi-Annual Sale! Satin Matte Foundation is 20% OFF!

Semi-Annual 20% off Satin Matte Foundation Sale!

Image from Alima Pure


I will certainly be picking up an Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation in full size as I’ve nearly run out of the sample kit they originally sent me for this review post, but if you’ve never tried it you may want to purchase the $1.50 samples or take the foundation selector test and purchase a kit beforehand to find your perfect shade. Find out more about how the kit works and what you get in it – here! I truly love this for that perfect full coverage finish that still looks natural and beats that of MAC makeup.
Impressive, right?
Definitely check out this sale and pick up all your mineral makeup needs because the sale ends after this week!
Shop all Alima Pure Cosmetics – Here!
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with this company in any way. I post sales, specials and other promotions as a way to pass on the beauty goodness to readers, nothing else. My opinion and posts are always 100% honest and my own.

Alima Pure Cosmetics’ Awesome Foundation Match System and Sample Kit!

Foundation Selector

So I was recently able to try Alima Pure’s new Foundation Match selection system and I am very impressed!

Here’s what they have to say about How it Works: 

Foundation Selector

Curious about which foundation shade is the best match for you? Try our new Foundation Selector!

Here’s how it works:

1. Answer the questions
2. Find your matches
3. Try your samples!

Give it a try! What’s your Alima Pure Foundation match?

After this, you click on the icon that says “Find My Match” and answer a series of questions about your skin/tone in order to get several shades the might fit your skin tone best.

Here are My Test Results:

Once you have your results, you can opt to get a sample kit for only $20.
Check out this kit! 
So this is what the kit looks like. It comes with 4 foundation shades (the ones from your test results), one of which is slightly larger than the other 3 because their system selects it as the closest shade to your skin tone. You also get a finishing powder and a blush powder in shades most suitable to your tone. I received a finishing powder in “Keiko” and a blush in “Pink,” both of which suited me quite well. Lastly, I received the small kabuki brush and makeup pouch pictured above wrapped in some cute recycled paper.
Satin Matte Foundation
First off, let me say that this foundation match system is incredibly accurate! Some of the smaller shades were a bit too dark or light for me, but the slightly larger one fit my skin perfectly! This powder has amazing coverage that is totally buildable. You can brush a little bit on for light coverage or build it up to super full coverage that looks very natural and not cakey at all.  Another shocker is that I loved the little kabuki brush they sent with this kit! I was totally expecting it to be one of those cheap brushes that feels like crap and sheds a lot, but this one is so soft that I ended up using it for all my powder makeup! It’s super soft and top quality material. I haven’t had any shedding at all.
All the powders blend very well with each other and look really natural. I love that their powders do not include talc in them because it often clogs my pores really bad. Instead, they use a simple formula of mica, kaolin, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for oil absorption, nice coverage, and natural sun protection.
Learn more about the ingredients in Alima Pure products – here!  


Satin Finishing Powder

The blush and finishing powders work really well and blend nicely. A little bit goes a long way and I’ve managed to use these tiny samples for the better part of a month and I’ve gotten a good feel for them in that time.
One thing I will say about these powder foundations is that use a little bit at first to get a feel for the coverage. I just slathered a bit on the first day I received this kit and the amount of coverage was a bit of a shock! So, if you prefer a lighter look, definitely use the smallest amount at first and build onto it. I was so impressed with the fact that they offer an impressive amount of shades : 61 total shades to cover most skin tone colors. 
That being said, the only thing is that the foundation is pretty expensive at $25 for .35 Oz. of powder, but the powder will last you so I think the price is worth it. I am a huge fan of my own healing powder that I make, but I find that this works better when I want more full coverage in a powder. It looks incredible and I feel like it would even work for photos because it rivals MAC powders in the amount of coverage you get without the pore-clogging ingredients. There is certainly something to be said for that because a lot of people love MAC, but hate the skin backlash they get from the ingredients that tend to damage skin over time. This has all the beautiful finish of a MAC powder without any of the negative effects! It doesn’t break me out, clog my pores or irritate my skin in any way.
Satin Matte Blush
I definitely recommend these foundations to anyone and everyone who loves a full coverage powder, but wants something with more quality ingredients in the formula.  I will certainly be purchasing a full size once I run out of all the little samples. I also highly recommend the line of brushes; I was so shocked that the kabuki brush I received in this kit was of such amazing quality. I will certainly be looking into purchasing more brushes from Alima Pure as well. Alima Pure has a great line of powders, blushes, and finishing powders that look amazing. If you love MAC, but want something more natural, this is a great choice!
Find Your Match – Here! 
Check out their 61 Foundation Shades – Here! 
Have you ever tried any Alima Pure mineral powders?
Disclaimer: I was NOT given any compensation to write this post other than the free sample kit I was sent from Alima Pure. My opinions and thoughts are my own.
Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Alima Pure Cosmetics for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Naruko Minis Giveaway Winners + A Surprise!

So, my apologies for this rather late announcement.

You see, I had planned to announce the winners at midnight, but then I fell asleep and yeah.

Then today I spent all day at a local lake with friends, got sunburned and yep.

So, I am making up for this!

Without further delay, Here are the Naruko Minis Giveaway Winners:


Wendy Kroy

AJ’s Mom 

To make up for the late announcement and the fact that I’m feeling quite generous lately, plus the fact that everyone is so keen on trying a night jelly, as a happy surprise, please email me @ StorybookApothecary@gmail.com with a mailing address to claim your mini Naruko samples and let me know which night jelly you most want to try from Naruko.

I know some of you don’t get it in your country so I am going to go to the local shop and get you each a full size night jelly of your choice. Please let me know which one you want to try when you email me your mailing information!

So congrats to the winners of this mini giveaway and stay tuned for the winner of the Rainwater Botanicals giveaway!

If you haven’t signed up for that one yet, you can do so – here!

Night All, I’ll be nursing a sunburn now!